Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the club announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent. It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”
In his inaugural campaign with the Clippers last season, Rivers led them to a 57-25 record and first place in the Pacific Division. They lost in six games in the NBA’s Western Conference Semifinals to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Rivers led the Boston Celtics to an NBA Championship in 2008.
Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Kansas City Royals are in the midst of one of their best seasons in decades, manager Ned Yost decided to give the fans a piece of his mind on Tuesday night.
Despite their success this season, the team is just 25th in Major League Baseball in attendance.
“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? ...We’re in a pennant race, yeah," Yost, who has been the Royals manager since 2010, said.
"We’ve been working on trying to build this team for the last three or four years to put ourselves in a position where we can contend for a championship. And not only the division, but we want to contend for a world championship. It’s really, really important we have our fans behind us at the stadium," he added.
"I know there’s different things you can do. You can watch it on the Internet. You can watch it on TV. But there’s a real need for our fans to be a part of this," Yost continued. "We had a great crowd last night, and I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t.”
Heading into Wednesday night, the Royals hold a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The team hasn't made the playoffs since 1985, which is the last time they also won a World Series.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- After he never showed up for the team's preseason game, the New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason.
Patterson didn't show up for the team's preseason game last Friday night against the New York Giants. He went AWOL and wasn't heard from for 48 hours.
"I think there's a level of accountability," guard Willie Colon said. "I think if he's able to stand up in front of the team and say, 'Hey, this is how I felt, such-and-such happened,' whether it's right, wrong or indifferent, for him to say something would be welcomed. We'll have to proceed from there."
Though there was speculation that Patterson could be cut, the team has decided to just suspended him until Monday as they get ready for their first game of the 2014 regular season.
The 31-year-old Patterson is a nine-year NFL veteran, but this is his first season with the Jets.
He's battled injuries the past few seasons, as he's played in just 15 out of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.
Tony Firriolo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals holding onto the lead in the first Wild Card playoff spot in the National League, one of their best players is getting closer to coming back as catcher Yadier Molina will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Molina has been out of action since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) thumb back on July 9.
After taking part in batting practice Tuesday, the plan is for Molina to catch five or six innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.
“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous. ...It’s been a long time. It’s been the longest two months ever. But I’m so excited to come back on the field.”
The 32-year-old Molina is still one of the best catchers in baseball. In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay active player in NFL history, survived the team's first round of cuts Tuesday.
Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 Draft by the Rams, has five tackles and three sacks through three preseason games.
The Rams made four moves to make the league mandated 75-player roster limit. The team released defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels, and placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve.
The Rams have one more preseason game before they must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Sam's main competition for making the team is fellow rookie lineman Ethan Westbrooks.
"I think they're both doing well right now," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."
Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country.
The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador.
"For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he's provided over the years."
Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA.
"Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow," Klinsmann said in a statement. "As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished."
Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost has elected to scratch pitcher Yordano Ventura from his start Wednesday while the rookie deals with a sore back.
Ventura complained of pain in his lower back after his start last Friday night against the Rangers. An MRI revealed inflammation but no damage.
The Royals are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central.
"There's the hope that he's not going to miss anything more. He's made good progress to this point. He's feeling much better," Yost said. "We could try to push it, but it doesn't make much sense right now. Let him get through it."
The Royals called up 25-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Omaha to take Ventura's place.
Hendriks has pitched 143 innings this season split between Omaha and Buffalo. During that time, he has compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Ventura has been solid all season for the Royals, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched.
David Lee/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots dealt six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
“Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “It is hard to imagine a better play at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I every coached.”
New England selected Mankins out of Fresno State with the 32nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. In nine seasons with the Patriots, he started 130 games.
The 24-year-old Wright is entering his second season in the NFL. Last year with the Buccaneers, he had 54 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Wright is expected to provide depth behind starting tight end Rob Gronkowski.